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Reasons Cheeks Often Swell After Any Oral Surgery Procedure

Posted on 2/20/2020 by Candice
Reasons Cheeks Often Swell After Any Oral Surgery ProcedureJust about everyone has experienced swelling at some time or another. If you bump your head, it may swell. When you have an insect bite you may notice swelling. Swelling is a normal reaction of your body to trauma.

When your body heals itself rushes resources to the damaged site to begin the healing process. It is your body's natural response. When these resources rush to the damaged or infected site it causes inflammation. This inflammation is noticeable to you because your body swells.

When you have oral surgery your body interprets that as trauma. It marches its healing resources to the surgical site to begin the repair. The swelling in the case of infections is white blood cells. These cells are the infection-fighting cells. But you don't have to have an infection for your body to react. All you need is for something unusual to happen. To your body, oral surgery is unusual.

How Long Does the Swelling Last?

One of the things that bother our patients about oral surgery is the swelling. It usually affects the cheeks. Patients say they sometimes feel like chipmunks who have their cheeks filled with acorns. Swelling after an oral surgery procedure does not happen immediately. It takes a little time for your body to get its defenses up around the damaged area.

Usually, the swelling begins within 24 hours after the surgery. Though it has generally been in the cheek area, it can also swell around your mouth, the side of your face and even your eyes. Everyone's body has a different reaction time. The good news is that you can reduce the amount of swelling that you have to deal with.

After you get home from having your procedure, you should wait until the anesthetic wears off before you do anything other than rest. After it has worn off, which should only take a few hours, you can put an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas on the side of your face that had the surgical procedure. Frozen peas are recommended because they will more easily mold to your face than an ice pack will. The only reason we recommend waiting is to ensure that you don't leave the ice pack on too long. You won't be able to feel how cold it is.

Generally, you will not notice the swelling until the day after your surgery. The swelling will usually last for 24 to 72 hours. You can use the ice packs for the first two days, but after that, it has little or no effect on the swelling. If you still experience swelling after the third day, or it hasn't gone down at all, definitely call us as it may indicate an infection.

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